It was a special occasion and excitement for the students of Federal University Oye Ekiti at the just concluded maiden annual sports week held on both campuses of the university. The three day event as organized by the university sports committee had ten (10) different games competed for by participants representing their various faculties of discipline. The games included Football, Basketball, Chess, Scrabble, Athletics, Shot-put, Javelin, long jump, Table Tennis and Discus.

Speaking at the opening ceremony for the football category, Vice Chancellor, Prof. Kayde Soremekun speaking through his deputy, Prof. Abayomi Fasinu, gave the assurance that his administration would give their full support to all sporting activities on campus more so that the university has a more visible youthful workforce. He equally called on the understanding of the university sports enthusiasts (stakeholders) to exercise patience as administration strives to put in place all necessary facilities needed for sports development in the university.

Also speaking, Chairman of university sports committee, Dr. Malomo Dosu enjoined all participants to approach the respective games in the spirit of sportsmanship and fair play and thus, not perceive the competition as a do or die affair. According to him, hosting of several competitions as this, would provide an enabling platform for young talents to be discovered and harnessed earlier for future sports competitions.

The male football competition (Preliminaries) started off in an enthralling encounter which saw faculty of science and faculty of social sciences emerge as eventual finalists. With all being put into the game by both teams at the regulation time, members of staff who had served as spectators were on hand to witness which team was going to carry the day. It was decided on penalties as faculty of science emerged the final winner of the football competiton.

Sequel to the event was presentation of medals and certificates by the vice chancellor to deserving participants at the grand finale. Over six hundred students participated in the various categories of games while four hundred and fifty (450) participants received gold, silver and bronze medals respectively.

 Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Kayode Soremekun expressed elation over the wonderful performance exhibited by the athletes. The Don enjoined the sports committee to keep up with the task of driving sports development in the university. In his words, “sports is an integral part of any scholarly endeavor because a sound body is a sound mind. We intend to promote a healthy balance between academics and sports”.

 Other members of the sports committee were on hand to ensure the smooth outing of the event.